- File Size: 302 KB
- Print Length: 80 pages
- Publication Date: May 20, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00850JP08
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #865,624 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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We Are Absolutely Not Okay: Fourteen Stories by Teenagers Who Are Picking Up the Pieces Kindle Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
Scriber Lake High is an alternative high school in Lynnwood, WA. that focuses on kids who otherwise might get lost in a regular setting. The classes are smaller making it easier to give individualized attention.
I found that each story had its own learning experience while that particular teen found self awareness. Very inspirations.
The teachers who helped put this book together are just wonderful.
Thanks for sharing your stories Kiddos...
Marjie Bowker and Ingrid Ricks (Editors)
Scriber Lake High School (2012), Paperback, 80 pages
Fourteen strong stories baring hearts, souls and feelings. Tough stuff for anyone, especially a teenager, to write. The product of a writing program in an alternative High School, this is a collection transformative moments in the lives of teens who were, not so long ago, considered 'at-risk' or worse. The contributors to this collection are not only telling their own stories, but are being an example for other kids in crisis. They are not just surviving, but thriving.
And you won't come away from reading this book unmoved. This is not a throw-away novel. You will keep these real kids in your thoughts, hoping their tomorrows are better. That they end up absolutely okay forever.
Fourteen teens got together to complete a necessary (and possibly healing) task in which each tells their unique stories about being lost in life. This is heavy. This is Sad, This is heart wrenching, but it is a novel everyone should read. Not Okay isn't perfect by literary standards, the stories aren't all nicely woven, but knowing this is straight from the heart, makes it even more moving for readers. I felt I got to know each kid as their story unfolded, and the empathy was overwhelming, although some stories seemed to duplicate another.
Hopefully this will land into the hands of more and more teachers (I've gifted two copies), and hopefully this helps them better understand what might be taking place in the minds of the young kids under their tutelage. True insight into why some fail classes. What some kids go through is simply unbearable, and these stories made me admire such courage, and had me cheering for all to overcome. Through their words, readers see the innocence of youthful minds who had to grow up fast, yet remain naïve.
I do wish the authors who put these tales together would have put more effort into improving the overall flow, but again, perhaps they wanted the slightly sloppy exposition to mirror the untidy lives of these kids.
I hope readers absorb these true stories, look deep within and try to find some way to help (community volunteer centers are a good start), but most importantly, if even one of these stories helps keep another child from slipping off track and winding up in a place as bad or worse than their abusive home life, that makes this read even more worthwhile.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Short read, but how these kids delved into their lives to share their stories is breathtaking and heartbreaking at the same time. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Stephanie Sandefur
This is an amazing collection of true stories written by brave teens. It's so difficult to be a teenager in today's world and this book is inspirational for people of all ages.Published on May 9, 2014 by Deadguy
It's good for what it is, I think. And I'm glad I bought it if the money goes to help the kids who bared their hearts in writing their stories. Read morePublished on September 20, 2013 by Katherine M. Dewees
Breaks my heart, but is well told and unique. Each kid has something important to say. I respect the project .There is no B.S., no facade that everything is okay (hence the title).Published on July 5, 2013 by Mallory Loomis
Have you ever wanted to see inside a teenagers life and figure out just why they won't behave or are failing your class? Read morePublished on June 28, 2013 by Jen
The students who wrote these stories are inspiring. Their courage is to be admired all the more because it will never truly be measured. Against great odds they have triumphed. Read morePublished on June 25, 2013 by Wendy's Mom
Powerful, moving and gripping stories. The trials that these young men and women have gone through and overcome are heartbreaking yet celebratory of the strength of the human... Read morePublished on March 22, 2013 by Koda